The proof is in our players

Take a look at some of our alumni to see how IDA has impacted their playing careers.

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Jeremy De Leon

Real Madrid

Jeremy De Leon

After making his mark on CD Castellon for over a year including 43 appearances and 2 goals, the 19-year old has signed a professional contract with Real Madrid. Jeremy's two-year contract will last until 2026. He is set to join Real Madrid's reserve team, Real Madrid Castilla. The team plays in the Segunda Division B. 

Jeremy will be the second Puerto Rican to ever wear a Real Madrid jersey. We are extremely proud to continue to follow Jeremy’s journey that started at our Valencia Academy in 2020!

Yan Diamonde

DME Academy/AS Frenzi

Yan Diamonde

Yan recently was named to the Top Drawer Soccer "23 Male Players Who Dominated 2023" list.

Seemingly from nowhere, Diomande broke the UPSL this summer. Only 16 years old at the time, Diomande led AS Frenzi to the UPSL championship as he scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over Sporting Wichita. The Ivory Coast U17 Forward led the entire league in goals, won the MVP award, and had plenty of skillful moments that went viral through his historic run. In a league of grown men, Diomande stood a class apart, leading to several trials with MLS and European clubs as it seems a matter of when, not if, he leaves the Florida-based academy for a professional contract.

Kaden Foreman

Rollins College

Kaden Foreman

Kaden utilized IDA in one of the exact ways it was intended to be used - through a planned GAP year. He knew that he had a dream of playing soccer in college, but wanted to make sure he was ready for the challenge going into it and decided to fine-tune his skills at IDA UK. 

When we asked him if IDA had an impact on his college process, he responded with the following:

"Yes, IDA absolutely had a positive impact on my recruiting process and finding the right home for me. Not only from my coach reaching out to the coaches at the school and helping me with the process, but living and playing at IDA for 6 months making me a better player and person with better habits will help me perform at the next level as well."

Kyah Le

Res Roma | Gonzaga

Kyah Le

Kyah Le always knew she wanted to play in a world cup, and she has taken every step along the way to help her reach that goal. She attended IDA's academy in Rome, Italy in 2021-22, but that wasn't her first international experience. Kyah had spent one summer with the Vietnam Football Federation's U-19 squad, and claims that both her experience there as well as with IDA helped her continue down the path of reaching her goal.

"On the field, this experience is helping me grow as a player by opening my eyes to the style of game here in Rome. Since their style is so unique, I have to adjust and improve on the parts of my game that differ from the States.”

After her time at IDA, Le played for Serie C side Res Roma and has recently joined Gonzaga where she looks to continue her journey.

Arik Duncan

University of California Berkley

Arik Duncan

Arik chose to join IDA Valencia because it had all the key components for him: an elite coaching staff, top class facilities, close knit teammates, and a high level of training right at his fingertips. “My main goal was to get better. I did not necessarily have a goal of signing a professional contract or going back to the US for a Division 1 school… I just wanted to get better.” 

After his time with IDA, Arik received a full ride scholarship to Cal! 

Neville Knowles III

Villarreal CF

Neville Knowles III

Neville Knowles III, a striker from the US, signed a two year contract with Villarreal CF just two months after he started playing with our partner club, UD Vall de Uxo. 

Neville began his full-time IDA journey in Valencia this year where he made waves immediately. He will now get the opportunity to contribute and grow with one of Spain's top football clubs!

During his first friendly gam, Neville scored two goals in a 4-3 Villarreal CF win. He will soon have his debut in league play against FB Sagunto. 

Laurens ten Cate

Amherst College

Laurens ten Cate

When COVID-19 caused his freshman season at Amherst College to be cancelled, Laurens knew he had to stay sharp, build on his summer training and continue his education - leading him to IDA Valencia. 

While his time at IDA was only a short stint before he ultimately returned to Amherst, Laurens reflected back on how impactful the training schedule at IDA was to keep him at the top of his game and in a good position for the next season:

"It was the first time in my life where I was able to play two times a day, hit the gym whenever I wanted to, and have coaches around me 24/7. Having the chance to train with my IDA team in the morning and then again with a Spanish club at night really helped my ability as well as my knowledge of the game. It was truly incredible.”

Mac Naggar

Iona University | Cornell University

Mac Naggar

As another GAP year student, Mac's goal was to play division I college soccer, and wanted to take the extra year to ensure he was putting his best foot forward and getting into a college where he could fulfill that dream. He had always wanted to play in the UK, so his interest was immediately drawn towards the IDA UK campus in Reading in the fall of 2020. 

Mac immersed himself in the culture of English soccer and really took the time he felt he needed to grow as a player both on and off of the field. Eventually, our IDA advisors were able to help him narrow his list of schools down to Iona College, where he ended up attending and helping their team to their first-ever MAAC Championship. 

Mac, a junior now, has taken a step further in his career and currenlty plays for Cornell University.


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